For much of Adam Ant's career, the singer existed in a blur of recording sessions, album releases and world tours. At a certain point, he just needed time off.
"The fun had gone out of it," says Ant, the '80s pop icon known for his fashion sense and flair for the dramatic. "You spend three years out in the wilderness and someone likes you and then suddenly, boom! It's eight years of work."
In the end, you're spending more time with the lawyers and accountants than with the band, he says. "That can only lead to heartache in the end. And it did," says Ant, who is playing with a new band, The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse. The group's tour stops Tuesday night at Fresno's Tower Theatre.
This is a return for Ant, who had distanced himself from the music industry. He moved from Los Angeles to Dayton, Tenn. He got married and had a daughter. He wrote a book.
"It really did calm everything down," he says. "I just felt the batteries recharge."
That experience spawned his new album, "Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter." The album is a personal tour through the singer's life, including his time in Tennessee and his struggles with bipolar disorder something he finally feels comfortable enough to share with his fans.
If the album feels organic in its approach and subject matter, that's because it came about on Ant's own terms. It was released on Ant's Blueblack Hussar Records label.
These days he's out on his own and finds freedom not being tied to a record label. He's able to set his own schedules, for example. All his interviews are done in advance of the tour, so he can save his energy for the performances.
The shows run through a wide selection of his music, from "Goody Two Shoes" and the deep cuts from his early days, to tunes from his solo work and the new album. The new band is young and fresh and plays with an energy level that is as high as it ever was.
"Every night is like running a marathon," Ant says.
Adam Ant and The Good, The Mad & The Lovely Posse at Tower Theatre, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Los Angeles band Prima Donna opens the show. Tickets are $39.40. (559) 485-9050, towertheatrefresno.com
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